Jakarta:  the steadily sinking Indonesian capital, built on swampland,  is a teeming megacity plagued by traffic and air pollution.    Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Indonesia has named the site in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo where it plans to build a new capital to replace Jakarta, president Joko Widod(...)

A Syrian soldier films the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Centre  which was attacked by US., British and French military strikes in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AFP

After six days of deliberations and bellicose rhetoric, the air strikes against Syria were largely a symbolic act by the US, the UK and France, with t(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping is to meet US president Donald Trump over two days at the luxury Mar-a-Lago resort. File photographs: AP Photo

Chinese media said the first summit between President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Florida would emphasise stability, the Chinese government’s favou(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and  Mike Pence at the Munich conference, where the US vice president  pledged “unwavering” support for Nato. Photograph: Guido Bergmann /Bundesregierung via Getty Images

For five decades, western political leaders have gathered at an annual security conference in Munich to grapple with crises in the unstable, violent w(...)

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg and US defense secretary Gen James Mattis at the Nato defence ministers’ meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The US defence secretary has told America’s Nato allies that they must honour military spending pledges to ensure the US does not “moderate” its suppo(...)

A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul today. Photograph:  Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters

South Korea's defense chief has confirmed that North Korea has moved to its east coast a missile with a "considerable" range, but that it was n(...)